RAF Wittering’s Annual Formal Visit

Every year the Air Officer Commanding No 38 Group and Chief of Staff for Support makes a formal visit to RAF Wittering to engage with personnel and understand the roles they play in delivering Defence outputs.

It is an opportunity to discuss matters of the moment that may be affecting how RAF Wittering personnel work, and to discuss some of the ideas that have been developed and implemented within their working environment.
Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Simon Ellard is the Air Officer Commanding No 38 Group and he was joined by his Command Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Stu Pullar, and his Deputy Personal Staff Officer, Pilot Officer Kate Manley-Soanes, for this year’s Annual Formal Visit which took place in October.
AVM Ellard and his team met many station personnel including RAF Regulars and Reserves, members of the Civil Service, Contractors and Army personnel lodging at RAF Wittering.
On the first day the AVM toured the working environments of the RAF Wittering A4 Force Elements and the Station’s Operations Wing. He was then prepared lunch by members of 3 Mobile Catering Squadron to demonstrate the outstanding food they can prepare in the field.
The day concluded with the AVM presenting various RAF Wittering personnel with Honours and Awards in recognition of their excellent service. It has been a successful year with the Station winning the Stainforth Trophy – awarded to the Station for being the most effective in the delivery of support to operations, the development of its people and its readiness to respond and adapt. Furthermore, Wittering also won both the Airplay Team of the Year and the RAF Total Safety Trophy for 2019.
The final day of the visit started with the Warrant Officers’ breakfast and group discussion. AVM Ellard then hosted a Town Hall where he provided the audience with a precis on his areas of responsibility and an update on the RAF Senior Leadership Team’s strategy for
delivering the Next Generation RAF, before inviting questions from the packed audience.
The AVM then concluded his Annual Formal Visit with a tour of the Station community and welfare facilities, to see what RAF Wittering provides to its workforce and their families, and then to the RAF Wittering Reserves Squadron.
RAF Wittering’s Station Commander and the A4 Force Elements Commander
Jo Lincoln said:
“The visit was a great success. We couldn’t have asked more of our fantastic people and I wish to convey my most heartfelt thanks for all the hard work, time and effort put in by our whole force towards the visit.”